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Author Vasser-Elong, Jason, author

Title shrimp / Jason Vasser-Elong ; introduction by Michael Castro
Edition First edition
Published New York, NY : 2Leaf Press, 2018
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Contents Intro; Contents; INTRODUCTION by Michael Castro; Portrait; Reason; In my prayers; Heirloom; The truest lie; Immigrant; African; Wind/Quiet/Black; Vasser; Poem at 38; In homage; Sankofa; Character; Sea lion; A day in the life; September 15, 2017; Gemini woman; Bachelor of arts; Ethnographic Study: short people in a circle; Introducing Mason Bassett; Dog people; Pocket poem #1; Song for spring; Operation maroon; Gutter rainbow; Subtraction; Arthropod; The accident; Foster; Probability; AfriKen doll; Bell peppers; Rooted; Finches; Envy; Fields of Marigold; Two ducks; Mixed
Unicorn / an ars poeticaLunar; Monster; Lady bug; Ode to our hands; Presence; Move / Aspirant / Stand still; King of the jungle; Drummer boy; Turtle power; Visit; Madeira island; Keepsake; Pocket poem #2; Mangroves; My Atlantic; Wise bird Villanelle; Caged; Animal; Black in February; Right here / Right now; Dog abroad; The black friend at the party; Frankenstein's shadow; City; Fair trade; Charity; Labyrinth; On Proverbs 6:6; Legend; Sea Monkey; Sidewalk garden; Libation for an unmarked grave; Fossil; From my window; Life's a peach; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; ABOUT THE POET; OTHER BOOKS BY 2LEAF PRESS
Watching monsters with DadCreature; Poem for Holland; Seven; Negro:; A Jewel; Laundry day in the city; i too have known rivers; On becoming men; Fear of heights; The father; Junebug in the alley; Men talking; Eraser; 44 West; Remnant; Blue; Look; American:; Middle ground; i will go to Meshuggah's; Delmar Loop pantoum; Nichols island; Acculturation; Loafers; Shake; Ujamma; Nkyinkyini {Oon-chim-chim}; At dinner; Black face; Elong {eh-long}; Falling in love; Rules for rain; Daydream; A twinkle in the eye; The other zoo; The way that i am; Gravitational; Devil at the enchanted jungle; A-Z
Summary SHRIMP, the debut poetry collection of Jason Vasser-Elong, examines the African diaspora in a post-colonial context using shrimp as a metaphor for the small things in life. Using the shrimp motif, Vasser-Elong weaves together his ancestral past and present through nature, the topography of the land, and all creatures great and small, simultaneously casting a light on the broader cultural and sociopolitical issues of the day. As the author scavenges for answers about his own ancestry, Vasser-Elong stumbles onto the small things in life which he finds most meaningful, like the reclamation of self with a renaming that is tied to his roots in Cameroon; or colloquial name-calling reserved for those who are short in an ancestral society where being tall is the standard. The poet's journey into the past, the duality of his culture fired by eponymous random observations of life and love, leads to discoveries and an appreciation of life's lost moments. Throughout it all there is hope: something that is not always easy to hold on to when you are going through challenges both inside and outside yourself?--but it is necessary if you are going to survive. SHRIMP is the realization of that journey
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed October 11, 2018)
Subject American poetry -- African American authors
American poetry -- African American authors.
FICTION / General.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1940939941